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Pinning ceremony

Melissa had her pinning ceremony. My mom and Melissa's parents came out for it. I missed most of it with Sammi so I cannot really comment on it much. I was told it was a bit boring but that's par for the course with graduation ceremonies. I still do not know where the idea of giving out pins to the graduating radiology tech students came from but it is what they do apparently.

The most important thing is that we're getting closer to having a normal life again. She's passed her classes and that is one step down. Now she needs to finish her clinical time and pass the board exam so she'll be certified. That is all just step 2. Step 3 is the important one. She will need to get a job. She's supposed to work for St. Mary's Hospital as part of her deal with them. However, you never know if or when they'll actually have a job for her. I'll just be happy when she's around more. If we need to cut back on expenses than so be it.


The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." -- James D. Nicoll

Bare Feets!!!

The weather is getting warm and the kids got to try out bare feet for the first time of this year. They rarely where socks or shoes in the house so they were pretty excited when daddy let them run around outside the same way. I may have created a monster here.

Finished raking our fall yard work

We finally finished raking our leaves from the fall. I figure we should probably wait a few days before we begin our spring cleanup. :-) It wasn't that bad and with the kids trying to help it ended up being a lot of fun. Plus the weather was nice all weekend so we're getting a chance to play outside with the kids more.

Craig's Cruiser has Galaga

Melissa and I decided we needed to get out of the house for a while without the kids. Instead of going out to dinner or something like that we decided to change things up a little bit. There is a Craig's Cruisers near us and we figured that we would give it a shot.

It is a pretty big place. They've got laser tag, mini-golf, indoor and outdoor gokarts, an arcade and a pizza/pasta buffet. The buffet was good if predictable. It was exactly what you'd expect from a pizza/pasta buffet. The mini-golf was fun and we both managed a couple of hole in ones. The best part was that the video games were pretty cheap. There were only a couple of pinball machines and one wasn't working. However, they also have a Pacman/Galaga machine which is one of my personal favorites. The most of the machines seemed to be only a quarter although there were others that were more. I might have to stop by periodically since there's no cost to go in. You could kill a few hours for only five or ten bucks or just play a couple games and leave.

Daycare update... So far so good.

So far so good as far as a we can tell at the new daycare. They've mentioned a few things about being energetic and problems keeping his hands to himself. I figure those are perfectly normal for a three year old boy. We'll see how things go.

Kiddie Spanish

It turns out that Tutor Time offers a Spanish class for little kids. I'm not sure how much they will get out of the class but it is probably good for them. It should expose them to sounds they don't normally have to deal with. It will supposedly make it easier for them to learn Spanish or similar languages later in life. We enrolled both Henry and and Samantha. Hopefully, it'll be a fun challenge for them.

First day at tutor time

Henry and Samantha started their new daycare today. It seems to have gone well. We'll just have to see how things go over the long term.

1 and 1 has a horrible webmail interface

1 and 1 has a horrible webmail interface. In fact, it is so horrible I can only assume that it is a deliberate choice. I honestly don't remember a web mail interface as primitive as the one they're using. I can only assume they do not want people to use their webmail interface so they're keeping it as useless as possible without being so blatantly obviously that they're doing so. It is not a huge deal I can work around it. I eventually need to get something setup where I can run mutt on a reliable host. Now that would require a larger budget than I'm willing to commit right now but such is life.

Real Innovation

In the computer industry people talk about innovation all the time. However, things really don't change that much despite claims to the contrary. However, I saw an example of some real innovation. Amana has a refrigerator with a dry erase surface. You no longer need a separate board to leave notes. You just right it on the fridge. If you're in the market for a fridge you really need to take a look at it. Hopefully, this'll expand to more models/vendors.

The cool part is that this isn't just tweaking an existing item until it screams. Its not a slightly more efficient motor, better layout, or other minor change. It is a real and actual new thing. In computers, we're still using the same basic "desktop"metaphor that we've been using for twenty plus years with very little improvement or refinement. Here's hoping that the billions that are spent on IT will bring us some real improvements.

Another meeting with Henry's daycare

We need to meet with Henry's daycare again. I have no idea what to do. Henry just doesn't care about anyone but himself. If he feels like hitting you than that's what he'll do. It doesn't help that he's got a "reputation" now. Everything he does now is magnified and the kids know they can set him up or get him in trouble easier. The teachers know it but no one knows what to do. He's got little impulse control and he's getting frustrated which makes it worse. I'm worried and I just don't know what to do.